The naming of TUI Cruises’ newbuild Mein Schiff 3 took place at a ceremony in Hamburg on 12 June 2014. The ship’s motto ‘diamond meets pearl’ reflects the enormous diamond-like structure built at its stern and was represented at the event by its ‘diamond of the oceans’ encounter with Hamburg, the pearl of the river Elbe.
Built at Turku, one of the largest and more modern shipyards in Europe and one of STX Finland’s three sites, the new vessel not only impresses with design but also with its focus on environmental protection. State-of-the-art technology has been used to ensure high standards of energy efficiency, reduction in emissions and conservation of resources. In an innovation for the cruise industry, STX Finland was contractually obliged to implement an ambitious energy efficiency standard for the newbuild. Both the shipyard and the vessel’s construction team have done everything possible to achieve this goal including factoring in modern energy management, extensive waste-heat recovery from the main engines and an extremely efficient airconditioning system.
While 11 restaurants and bistros ensure an impressive culinary experience for cruise guests onboard Mein Schiff 3, behind the scenes the ship’s kitchen technology has made a substantial contribution towards its environmental aims. Germany-based kitchenware manufacturer MKN committed itself to the sustainable production of energy-efficient, professional cooking equipment. Various combi steamers, the multifunctional MKN FlexiChef and deep-fat fryers are just a few of the MKN cooking appliances installed in the galleys of Mein Schiff 3.
These powerful appliances concentrate on each user’s exact requirements. Optimal cooking results, maximum efficiency and environmental protection are assured. The manufacturer’s GreenTeam is certified according to the ISO 14000 environmental management standard. MKN has defined specific measures to ensure that it maintains a responsible attitude towards the environment, and that resources are implemented into daily work processes across the company.
Using environmentally friendly technology and energy-efficient appliances and kitchenware, the manufacturer offers the benefit of top-quality performance alongside minimal water and energy consumption for its clients. One example is the combi steamer, which combines integrated heat recovery through heating condensation water for steam generation, while the cooking chamber door is specially insulated with triple glazing to reduce heat loss, all saving valuable energy.
Taking advantage of the ‘Premium All Inclusive’ concept on Mein Schiff 3 for any of the three main Atlantik Restaurants (Klassik, Mediterran or Eurasia), buffet restaurant Anckelmannsplatz, or seafood venue Gosch Sylt, passengers can be confident that their meals have been prepared with energy efficiency a priority.
Stephan Kammel is MKN vice president of global marine sales
This article appeared in the Autumn/Winter 2014 edition of International Cruise & Ferry Review. To read other articles, you can subscribe to the magazine in printed or digital formats.
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